Gym partners save women from would-be robbers

2013-08-21 00:00

MANY women dream of being saved from heartless thugs by some “knight in shining armour”.

This is exactly what happened to Pietermaritzburg friends Nombuso Hadebe and Nu Miya when they were saved from would-be robbers by two brawny gym partners, who came to their rescue unexpectedly and saved them from losing their personal items and from possible harm.

Hadebe said: “These guys made our women’s month of August special, as our own knights in shining armour saved us from criminals who were about to run off with our handbags.”

She said late on Friday last week while going towards the underground taxi rank in the Symons Centre, they were accosted by five suspects demanding they hand over their wallets and cellphones.

“While we were still in shock they took out knives and threatened to stab us to death if we did not comply and so we gave them what they wanted,” said Hadebe.

She said their heroes, who later identified themselves as Musa Mtolo and Lungisani Zungu, came out of nowhere and started chasing the robbers.

“Each of them managed to catch two of the suspects and one managed to flee,” she said.

“We were so grateful because our handbags and cellular phones were recovered.”

Mtolo said as an aspiring gospel singer and a religious person, it was in his nature to help those who needed assistance. “My gym partner and I could not sit and do nothing while vulnerable women were being robbed in front of us so we decided to go after these guys.”

He said when they caught the suspects they tried to retaliate, but they forced them to release the handbags and whatever else they had taken.

Sadly, the robbers managed to flee after those nearby began beating them.

“We do not encourage vigilantism. We had tried to call the police, but other people were already beating them as well, and they managed to run away,” he said.

Mtolo said they were just happy that the women were not hurt and they were able to recover their belongings before the criminals disappeared.

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